Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey Book Tour
The Lifter of My Head
Psalm 3:1-8 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. 2Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. 3But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. 5I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. 6I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 7Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. 8Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
There used to be a song we sang in services growing up, “Thou oh Lord, art a shield about me, You’re my glory, You’re the lifter of my head. . .” A few songs on Praise106.5 have included this thought in their lyrics as well, but the action, position, and implications began to come to mind.
The LIFTER of my head. . . This is God doing the lifting.
The lifter of MY HEAD. . . It’s my head He’s lifting.
Maybe this is the female mind thinking. . . but when I think of someone lifting my head, that typically involves the other person using one or both hands placed on either side of my face, partially under my chin and along the side of my head potentially with fingers grazing my ears. If the person is taller than me by any height difference, lifting means raising my chin until my eyes meet theirs.
We see this type of behaviour when parents are making sure their children are looking into their eyes as the parent tries to get something across to them whether softly, firmly, sternly, or angrily. We see this type of behaviour between lovers when typically the male as husband or boyfriend or fiancée, seeks to capture the eyes of his lover as he imparts something to her often in a caring, loving manner, whether softly or firmly or sometimes even when hurt or upset.
When I think of God lifting my head. . .and Scripture alludes to this in times of distress or trouble. . . it’s as if He wants me to look into His eyes. He wants to look into my eyes as He assures me of safety, of security, but also of something I am still getting used to receiving. . . When this thought came to me and I closed my eyes. . . I envisioned myself looking up into God’s eyes, and I didn’t just see safety and security. . . I saw deep, caring love. . . You know that expression movies have mastered when having a man impart similar thoughts to a woman unsaid. . . I was tempted to look away but I was prevented from doing so. In the movies, such a gaze is often followed by a kiss that melts the woman into a puddle on the floor, causing her to collapse into his arms unable to resist him at all. . . I’ve never seen God look at me this way before. . . It’s as if, in the spirit, I can feel Him lifting my head to meet His gaze. . . and if it were possible. . . I find myself ready to collapse in His arms. . . I don’t know how to describe it. It’s like I can but can’t see His eyes, I can but can’t see facial expression going along with it. . . But that sense is there. . . He longs for me to more fully understand the depth of the love He has for me, longs for me to understand the benefit of the plans He has for me. . . longs for me to more fully grasp that He is in control, and that He has my best interests at heart. . .
Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Matthew 14:28-31 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Just as David turned his gaze toward God, just as he allowed God to lift his head and wrap His protection and safety around him, so must I, on a regular basis. The waves of life can get large and the storms of life can get dark, but it is only when I focus my attention on Christ that there is peace. Only when I turn to the Rock of my Salvation, is there that place of calm in the midst of all that is going on around me.
Perspectives shift and change when we turn our focus onto the Saviour of our Souls. . . That old chorus is so true, “. . . turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace. . .” Verse 3 of Psalm 3 was an old chorus that we’d sing in the little church I grew up in. . . “Thou, oh Lord, art a shield about me, You’re my glory, You’re the lifter of my head. . . ” It started out as an old choir piece that became a congregational song in that little church.
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Christ is our Rock and Shield. We are clothed in His glory, not our own. He will lift our head. He will lift our eyes if we let Him. It’s simply impossible to gaze into those eyes and not be overwhelmed by the love He has for us, to become lost in the warmth of that love and feel His arms as they wrap around us, pulling us into a protective embrace, shielding us from the darts of the enemy.
God’s been reminding me over and over to continually turn my eyes toward Him, not to look at the circumstances and situations around me, but to look to Him.
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